George Brown (c1722-1806)

40] George Brown (c1722-1806) was a Commissioner of his Majesty’s Board of Excise for Scotland and is described as a gentleman of amiable temper and suavity of manner.  Most of his account in Kay’s Portraits, however, is devoted to the affairs of his brother James, who sounds much more interesting.  He was an architect who designed most of the houses in George Square and also the Excise Office in Drummond Place which is presumably where brother George carried out his business.  James also built Brown’s Square, the west side of which had to be demolished to allow the building of George IV Bridge.  George had three daughters who seem to have married advantageously, one becoming Viscountess Hampden, another Lady Wedderburn of Ballendean, and the third the Hon. Lady Alexander Hope.